Marzocchi X-Fly Fork|
Wednesday, May 09, 2001
Quality front suspension is definitely one of the most important features on today's mountain bike. Too flexy, too harsh, or too soft and you're all over the trail getting left in the dust by your buddies. The 2001 Marzocchi X-Fly definitely fits into the high-quality category.
Marzocchi has a long reputation for building stiff and responsive suspension forks. The 2001 X-fly is no exception. It is the most responsive fork we've ever ridden. The X-fly offers true point and shoot riding. It goes wherever you point it without any complaints.
The X-Fly is available in either an 80mm or 100mm version. We got our hands on the 80mm which is perfect for the cross country racer or the weekend warrior. If you're into the freeriding scene then you'll likely want to step up to the 100mm.
All Marzocchi air forks feature their low-pressure system. This allows the fork to operate at 15-45psi as opposed to the normal 100+ of other forks. The advantage of this is less stiction and less air leaking out over time.
The fork's air pressure is easily maintained by a schraeder valve on each fork leg behind the arch. This is a great location making access a breeze. However, because of the low pressure, it is hard to find a pump that accurately shows the PSI as you fill it. Normal shock pumps don't show the detail needed around the 30psi mark. As a result, we had to buy a special Marzocchi pump to get accurate results.
Even with the pump, we found tuning the fork to be a significant challenge. The slightest change in air pressure makes a noticeable difference in the ride quality. We also found it difficult to get the full travel out of the fork. It wasn't until several hours of adjustments that we were able to get beyond 75% of the travel. Adjusting the oil weight is rumored to be a solution here, though we didn't try it.
While the air pressure can be a challenge, the rebound adjustment is a breeze thanks to an external rebound adjuster at the bottom of the fork.
Out of the box, the fork tends to be a bit sticky. We found a little silicone lube sprayed on the fork legs solved the problem.
If you've got disc brakes or you're planning the upgrade, this fork will treat you right. It comes with an international disc brake mount and the fork is plenty stiff to handle the heavy forces disc brakes unleash.
On looks, there's no denying that the fork is a gorgeous. The polished chrome, the mag power wrap M-arch, and the flashy graphics make this fork a real head turner.
Other highlights include an Easton aluminum steer tube, oil bath lubrication and damping, and best of all the X-fly is fairly low maintenance.
At $499, this fork 'aint cheap. But if you've got the cash, you won't be disappointed with this Italian work of art.
Who's it for
Anyone with a pocket full of cash looking for a serious performing fork
Who isn't it for
Anyone light on cash, big hit riders, or people who's bike never sees the dirt